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The senator-elect for Lagos-East senatorial district and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tokunbo Abiru, has facilitate the completion of all state and federal road projects within the district.

He also pledged to promote ease of doing business as one of the ways to translate his campaign promises into tangible outcomes.

Abiru made these promises in a ‘Victory Speech’ shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared him winner of the Lagos-East bye-election on Sunday, polled 89,204 votes, while his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, scored 11,251 votes.

He said, “Now is the time to translate all the promises we made into positive and tangible outcomes our people are expecting us to bring about. Now is the time to take our people from the realm of expectations to the limelight of fulfilment.

“I commit myself irrevocably to the agenda I laid out before the electorate-offering people-focused quality representation; ensuring welfare of my constituents; working with my colleagues in the National Assembly to ensure special status for Lagos; promoting policies to improve national economic performance and financial sector development; implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; facilitating the completion of all federal and state road projects in Lagos-East; promoting ease of doing business; supporting the 5 for 5 agenda for police reform; supporting fiscal federalism and joining forces with colleagues in the Senate and members of the House of Representatives to ensure devolution of powers to the sub-national governments.

“Within the limits of our statutory mandate, this is the time to make the aged smile; empower our jobless youths; minister to the vulnerable; secure the future of brilliant indigent children and support the implementation of the ideals of our party.

“To achieve these enviable goals, we are already in the process of establishing an endowment and empowerment fund to actualise my private philanthropy. The fund will implement different interventions we are coming up with in line with my agenda and the ideals of our party.

“Already, our team is perfecting the modalities for the implementation of all these intervention programmes. By the middle of January, we will unveil these programmes in full and begin implementation immediately. I thank our people for this mandate and promise to live up to your expectations.”

He noted that if there were people out there who still doubted the popularity of the APC, didn’t reckon with its leadership in the political landscape and still disputed its progressive approach to governance, its victory in the just concluded bye-election readily offered them an perfect answer.

He noted that having secured the senatorial mandate with a landslide, the party could not afford to fail the people.

He said, “We cannot afford to fail those who voted for us; those who chose not to vote for us for whatever reasons and those who did not vote at all. We cannot afford to betray the invaluable trust our people reposed in us as a political party and as their representatives in government.”

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

A former Senator representing Kano South senatorial zone, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, on Friday, said he is dumping the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC because the party’s policies were anti-people oriented.

Doguwa in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano, said he resolved to dump the party alongside his supporters because the party’s policies do not align with their political ideology.

The former Senator said the party prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

The close ally of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, however, announced their return to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

According to him, “we have discovered, after careful appraisal of the activities of the APC governments, that many of their policies are anti peoples oriented, which do not align with our political ideology. They prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

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“Based on the foregoing therefore, we heed to the instruction of our elders and the advice of our political associates, to hereby announce that, we as a group have taken the bold decision to return to our political base, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to continue as full pledged members.

“We have taken this decision without any prejudice or malice to any individual or groups of persons.

“This decision is consequent upon a series of wide-range consultations with our people who believe that APC, at all levels, does not take advantage of our long-standing experience in politics and governance. As members of the APC, we feel we are being grossly underutilized, as we are rarely involved in any forum to discuss and share our experiences for the development of the Party, the State or the Nation.

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We believe that, in politics, as in other fields of human endeavour, activity ranks paramount. If you make players in any given field redundant, they are bound to struggle to create activities for themselves, somewhere outside the party. Experienced politicians do not want to stay idle.

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Factional NNPP dissolves NWC, affirms Kwankwaso’s expulsion

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Governor Abbah Yusuf and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso

Factional NNPP dissolves NWC, affirms Kwankwaso’s expulsion

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) recently made significant decisions during its meeting on May 27, 2024.

Among the resolutions announced, the NEC dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Mr. Ajuji Ahmed and Mr. Dipo Olayokun, appointing Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major as the new National Chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday as National Secretary.

The NEC also upheld the six-month suspension of Governor Abbah Yusuf of Kano State and confirmed the expulsion of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso from the party.

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These actions were taken following the party’s adherence to its constitution and the findings of its Fact Finding Committee (FFC) and Conflict Resolution Committee (CRC).

Additionally, the party emphasized its commitment to transparency and legal compliance, particularly in supporting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with relevant information on alleged financial improprieties involving party members.

Furthermore, the NNPP reiterated the sanctity of its 2022 amended constitution and reaffirmed the leadership at its national headquarters in Abuja, located at Willands Plaza, Wuse Zone 4. The party emphasized that no other parallel offices would be recognized as the National Headquarters.

The communique, jointly signed by Umar Jibril and Omolara Johnson, underscored the party’s commitment to electoral transparency, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to update its records to reflect the new leadership under Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday.

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Factional NNPP NEC insists Kano gov remains suspended for six months

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Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf

Factional NNPP NEC insists Kano gov remains suspended for six months

The suspension placed on Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State as a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has not been lifted, the party has said.

According to the NNPP, the suspension of the governor from the party will remain till December.

The party made the disclosure in a statement by the Party’s National Secretary, Mr Oginni Olaposi Sunday in Abuja.

Sunday disclosed that the party would be holding a strategic stakeholders meeting in Abuja later this month to address pressing internal matters affecting the party, adding that all party leaders and elders across the country are expected to attend.

Sunday explained that critical issues affecting the 23 years old political party would be discussed and strong decisions taken to further reinforce the expulsion of its Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general election, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Elder Buba Galadima and the entire national working committee led by Dr Ahmed Ajuji.

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He further stated that the stakeholders meeting is very important to the leadership of NNPP for the advancement of democracy and development of the party ahead of the 2027 general elections.

“The personal commitment of all stakeholders and elders in terms of capacity and participation shall be of great advantage to the success of the meeting.

“All members, most especially those holding very sensitive positions of great responsibilities are compulsorily mandated to attend this coming meeting.

“All elected members on the platform of NNPP should equally understand the consequences of anti-party activities ahead of the 2027 general election if they boycott the meeting.

“And for the record, Kwankwaso, Galadima and the entire members of the Former National Working Committee led by Dr Ahmed Ajuji remain expelled from the NNPP.

“Also the Governor of Kano State, Abbah Yusuf remains suspended till December,” he stated.

According to the national secretary, the NNPP’s constitution is supreme for all members without prejudices to the grand norm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is our hope that INEC would take responsibility to respect the essence of internal democracy and inherent objectives for growth and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria,” he added.

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